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  • MOTHER'S ALCOHOLISM POSES SERIOUS THREAT TO HER BABY

    DEAR ABBY: I just realized I'm six weeks pregnant. I have always wanted to start a family and raise children with my fiance, but I have a big problem. I am an alcoholic and have been struggling with this issue for a few years. I don't know the effect this could have on my baby, but I know it isn't…

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  • BEING A GOOD LISTENER IS THE BEST WAY TO BE HEARD

    DEAR ABBY: I am responding to "Tired of Talking to Myself" (Feb. 13), whose husband's ears slam shut when she begins to speak. This is not a problem that's exclusive to men. Women do it as well. As a retired PA (physician's assistant), when talking with patients, I would refer to it as selective…

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  • MOM FEARS NEWS OF EX'S ABUSE WILL CAUSE SPLIT WITH HER SON

    DEAR ABBY: My daughter, "Meg," was sexually abused at the age of 3 by her father 25 years ago. "Emile" and I were divorced, but he had every other weekend visitation. After returning from one visit, she said, "Daddy put his finger in there. It hurt. I cried." Her words forever changed my life.After…

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  • HUSBAND'S CARING MINISTRY DOESN'T EXTEND TO HIS WIFE

    DEAR ABBY: I have been married to the same man for 20 years. He likes having people around all the time, and because he is a minister, we often can't avoid it. I have tried to accommodate his friends and hangers-on, but lately it's becoming unbearable. He will say "yes" to people who have been…

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  • SISTER GETTING MARRIED OPTS OUT OF ALL-INCLUSIVE AFFAIR

    DEAR ABBY: My only sister, "Carolyn," is getting married in two months. I'm ecstatic for her. She and her girlfriend turned 50 this year, and this is the happiest I have ever seen her. They are perfect together. Carolyn asked me to be her maid of honor and I gladly accepted. I am also decorating…

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  • BOY'S QUESTIONS ABOUT FAITH CALL FOR A CAREFUL RESPONSE

    DEAR ABBY: I have a question about how to handle a situation with one of my grandsons. "Rory" came to me recently to talk about religion. His mother is Christian; I am not. He asked what I thought about his mother forcing him to go to church. He has many doubts about Christianity. I tried to…

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  • ADOPTED TEEN CAN'T SHAKE ANGER FELT FOR BIRTH MOTHER

    DEAR ABBY: I am almost 13 and I'm struggling with a lot of different things. I was adopted when I was a baby, so I never lived with my birth mother. That's probably a good thing, but I am having angry feelings toward her that I wish I wouldn't have. Those feelings are also being directed at friends…

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  • HUSBAND CAN'T STOP SINGING PRAISES OF BONE MARROW DONOR

    DEAR ABBY: My husband of 28 years had a bone marrow transplant, and six months ago he learned who his donor was. He now wants to meet up with the person. Turns out, it was a woman. I'm not usually a jealous person, but it's all he ever talks about every single minute of the day. He wants to meet…

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  • WORDS CAN'T HEAL THE PAIN FAMILY ENDURES AFTER RAPE

    DEAR ABBY: What do you say when someone has been raped? I have a friend whose granddaughter was brutally raped and left for dead. I have asked a few questions about how she is doing and receive only cursory answers in response.I know this incident has caused great sadness within this family. What…

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  • 'DEAR ABBY' DINNER PROMISES GOOD FOOD AND GOOD TIMES

    DEAR ABBY: We have enjoyed an international dinner club with three other couples for many years. Besides an international theme, we occasionally have other theme dinners. The host couple chooses the country and is responsible for the main course. Another couple brings an associated entree, the…

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  • SON WHO'S ANGRY OVER PARENTS' BREAKUP MUST KNOW THE TRUTH

    DEAR ABBY: I am a divorced mother of four. I have been single for three years, since my ex chose an affair over our marriage. I am successful and manage my home and finances.I am, however, struggling with pressure from my ex to get back together. He had several affairs during the 13 years we were…

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  • NATIONAL PHONE REGISTRY REDUCES UNWANTED CALLS

    DEAR ABBY: Many years ago you published a "Do Not Call" number for unsolicited phone calls. It worked great for a long time. I'm now starting to receive a lot of these calls again. I am elderly (88), arthritic, and I struggle getting out of my chair to answer the phone because I think it's a family…

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  • DAD GETTING DIVORCE APPLAUDS MOM'S DEVOTION TO THEIR SON

    DEAR ABBY: My wife and I will be legally divorced within a few weeks. We have a 1-year-old son. Although we have been separated for eight months, she is an awesome mother to our son. A man could not ask for a better lady to care for his child. We don't talk about much other than our son. We are no…

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  • TEEN FEARS SHE WILL REGRET NOT CHOOSING ANOTHER PATH

    DEAR ABBY: I have been dating "Brandon" for three years. I'm 19, going to a four-year college and I'm planning to move in with him. I enjoy his company and can see myself with him in the future, but I wish I hadn't met him so young. I wish I could have experienced more -- other people and…

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  • COUPLE ENCOUNTERS ROUGH SEAS OVER GIFT OF CRUISE VACATION

    DEAR ABBY: I represented my daughter "Stacy" and her husband as their real estate agent. When any of my children purchase a home, I waive my commission. My daughter knew I had been trying to finance a trip to South America for my husband so he could complete his "bucket list." She gave me a cruise…

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  • CANCER DIAGNOSIS IS UNLIKELY TO THAW GRANDMOTHER'S HEART

    DEAR ABBY: I recently found out my grandmother has been diagnosed with lung cancer and has elected not to treat it. The doctors give her a year at the most. My dilemma is whether to extend just one more olive branch.She has never been a "warm and fuzzy" type of grandmother. She was cold and distant…

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  • MELODRAMATIC SERIAL SHOULD BE CANCELED, NOT RENEWED

    DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend of 10 years, "Scott," and I separated last year. I was pregnant and hormonal at the time, and told him we would never get back together. We went a month without contact, then reconnected.While Scott was in the process of working things out with me, he had a girlfriend. He…

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  • PARENTS WITH STRONG BELIEFS WON'T VISIT COHABITATING COUPLE

    DEAR ABBY: Our amazing daughters are in their late 20s. Both of them are independent, intelligent and loving. The four of us have a special bond. My wife and I have always been supportive in all aspects of our daughters' lives, and that will never change.They have been dating great guys over the…

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  • WOMAN'S PRINCE CHARMING HAS ABANDONED THE MAGIC WORDS

    DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I both have professional careers and are independent. We have been in a committed relationship for eight years now. When we first met, I wasn't looking to be in a relationship. He pulled all the stops to get me to date him. He was attentive, complimentary, dinner dates,…

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  • PRAYER CAN TURN TO PANIC DURING RESTAURANT OUTINGS

    DEAR ABBY: I'm comfortable with my faith and pray before a meal at home and at friends' houses. We have become friendly with individuals from our church, and on many occasions have gone out to eat together at restaurants. When the meal is brought out, it has become a custom to pray. I feel…

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